3 Quick and Easy writerly things to do this weekend

3 quick and easy writerly things to do this weekend.

It’s Friday!  Yay! So how can you use your time efficiently?

Here are three quick and easy writerly things that you can accomplish this weekend in less than ten minutes.

  1. Write a book review on Amazon, Goodreads or wherever it may be. Go on, help your favourite author out. reviews help their ratings, and hey, that’s what we all need to sell books.
  2. You know that really good plot idea you had when you were standing in the queue for Sainsburys, or Waitrose, or Lidle, or maybe just the loo.  WRITE IT DOWN.  Because you know what? You’ll forget it. Seriously you will.
  3. Write a blog post. Or brainstorm and write up about 10 blog post titles as a draft. That way, when you come back in a bleary eyed mess sometime over the Christmas holidays, your clear cut, amazingly wonderful blog post  ideas are just sitting waiting for you.

Merry Christmas. that wasn’t too hard now was it.

Leave me a comment why don’t you of other quick and easy writerly things to do.


Understanding Font Types

Understanding fonts

So you want to make smart snazzy book covers, blog posts, or social media posts and everyone is using these fabulous fonts, but really you have no idea what they are really talking about?

I mean, really, what is a serif font? Or a sans serif?

Its actually rather simple.

Serif – is the name of the wee bits that stick out from the ends of the letters. Think old style printing blocks and letters. This is most likely the font you will be typing with for letters, manuscripts etc. It is clear, formal, easy to read.

Sans Serif just means ‘without bits’. The fonts are nice and smooth and rounded, like your favourite orange juice. These are the type of fonts that are clear to read, but more modern and funky. You will probably use a sans serif font to pair with either a script font, or a decorative, blocky or bold title font.

Script – these are the ‘Mrs Fancy Pants’ fonts that everyone uses for wedding invitations, cards, social media posts and such like. There has been a surge in this type of homemade  handwriten font types, and some have loads of extra squiggly bits either at the start, end, middle or just about everywhere you want. These are romantic, feminine fonts that are perfect for your Romance or Chick lit book covers.

Display these are the fonts that are big, bold and beautiful. They do exactly what they say on the tin. They make a statement. You would use these sparingly as a headline, either on a post, a card, a product or a poster.


10 Fabulous Films from my sickbed

The Help


I have been sick it is true. Not seriously sick, just under the weather, need to lie down and sleep it off kind of sick. I am on my second antibiotic in about three or four weeks and I still wouldn’t say I am 100% yet.

For most of the time I haven’t even felt like doing any writing. Today is the first. I hardly even read anything either. Sleep and rest.

But…I have managed to get through rather a lot of good movies. So here it is, my ‘Sickbed Film list’. A complete mixture of inspiring, entertaining, funny, romantic, golden oldies and Christmas specials.

  1. The Help – set during the Civil Rights movement in America. Inspiring, infuriating at times, made me want to do something with my life, got me really fired up,(not a good idea when you are sick and incapacitated)but also funny. I can’t believe how far we’ve come in some ways, and yet still some attitudes persist.
  2. It’s a Wonderful life – I had heard so much about this film, plus it was what inspired Carmel Harrington to write her Christmas novel ‘Every Time A Bell Rings’, and I had never seen it before. If I’m honest, it really wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. Maybe I had mixed it up with another film in my head, but great for a nostalgic, feel-good, old-fashioned Christmas movie.
  3. A Testament Of Youth – based on the book by Vera Brittain and set during the First world War. Again this was a beautiful, moving, inspiring but also poignant insight into not just Vera’s life, but thousands of unseen young women like her. Waving friends, boyfriends, fiancees, brothers, and fathers off to war, never to see them again, swathes of young men, cut down in their prime.
  4. The Magdalene Sisters – set in Ireland  I feel the same way watching this as I did watching ‘The Help’ : I could have punched the screen plenty of times. What an injustice the women went through, when all along the perpetrators were right under their noses. That the prejudices of the time were set completely against the women.
  5. Mona Lisa Smile – set in the early 1950’s in a different part of America to The Help. This time encouraging young women to set different goals other than just get married.
  6. Miracle on 34th Street – classic Christmas. I’ve watched it loads of times before, but it never fails to give me ‘that Christmas feeling’.
  7. The Young Victoria – the love story of Queen Victoria and her Albert. Just beautiful.
  8. What happens In Vegas – I was surprised by this one. I wasn’t really in the mood for chick flick movies(in case you hadn’t noticed owing to my previous viewing), but somehow this was entertaining and funny and better than I thought it would be.
  9. Think Like a Man – funny, entertaining romcom.
  10. Mr Selfridge – ok, so not exactly a film, but it’s my guilty pleasure. Back to back episodes of Mr Selfridge. Pure delight.

So that’s my list. Have you any favourites? Please leave a comment.